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Govt. response to Select Committee on community rights

Posted on: 1 April 2015 at 19:22:42
The Select Committee investigating the Government's Community Rights programme has received a response from Government as here.
Their recommendations 13 and 15 were important and Government action on them after the elections will be monitored.  
With so much out-sourcing of services by local authorities, community engagement in the contract terms and selection (13) is important.
Investment "to enable effective community group member organisations to support local people" (15) is necessary. London's civic and community groups may have views on how useful has been the support mentioned in the paragraphs 42 and 43.  Comments to

Thames Garden Bridge Judicial Review

Posted on: 31 March 2015 at 15:47:34
There has been criticism of the cost, location, usage and impact of the Garden Bridge across the Thames.  A Judicial Review of the planning permission for it has been granted.  
The case against the bridge is here.
Please consider the points made in it and, if you support the arguments, you may wish to contribute to the costs of the action, as indicated, and to draw other people's attention to the web site at and a blog on the subject which can be seen at 

Publications for attention of the incoming Government

Posted on: 31 March 2015 at 12:05:42
At this time in the run-up to a General Election, various organisations will publish their recommendations for the future to try to influence the next Government's policies.
One is a paper here by the thinktank Institute for Public Policy Research, with a section on 'City villages: More homes, better communities' by Andrew Adonis, a former Labour cabinet minister.
It has received criticism here for the basis on which its points are made by Duncan Bowie, Senior Lecturer in Spatial Planning at University of Westminster.
There is also a pre-election statement here by the Highbury Group on Housing Delivery with policies on housing supply for the next Government.

Heritage Alliance update on the Budget and lobbying MPs

Posted on: 30 March 2015 at 21:26:47
A very comprehensive and useful update has been issued by Heritage Alliance and is here.

Data on jobs in London by sector and sub-sectors

Posted on: 29 March 2015 at 18:33:35
The GLA Intelligence Unit has published details on the types and numbers of jobs in London.

Comment on HS2 in London

Posted on: 29 March 2015 at 14:06:27
Andrew Bosi for London Forum has published comments on the 'Developing UK Rail' conference held on 4th March 2015.
London Forum opposes using Euston as the terminal for HS2 - see here.

New Era for England's Heritage

Posted on: 28 March 2015 at 14:19:53
On 1 April 2015, English Heritage will separate to become two organisations:Historic England, a public body to champion and protect England’s historic environment, everything from prehistoric remains to post-war office buildings, and The English Heritage Trust, a new independent charity retaining the name English Heritage, to look after – on behalf of the nation – the National Heritage Collection of more than 400 historic sites across England including Stonehenge, Dover Castle and some of the best preserved parts of Hadrian’s Wall.  See more here.

Latest London Datastore of statistics and information

Posted on: 28 March 2015 at 10:21:07
The GLA's Datastore of facts and figures about London is available here.
The Tweets on the right hand side of the first web page point to recent analysis and reports.

Engagement in local flood risk management

Posted on: 26 March 2015 at 09:46:10
CIRIA, the construction industry research and information association, has published new, free guidance to provide support for those working in local flood risk management.
The two guides, Communication and engagement in local flood risk management (C751) and Communication and engagement techniques in local flood risk management, companion guide (C752) bring together experiences, as well as ideas that have been tried and tested.
The guides will be useful in identifying, engaging and working with people likely to be affected by flooding, or integral to its future management.
It can be used at several stages of managing flood risk, from building engagement and awareness, and the preparation of a local flood risk management strategy or surface water management plan, through to recovery after an event, and benchmarking activities.
The guidance will provide practical help for:

  • Lead Local Flood Authorities

  • District authorities and other local authority organisations

  • Sewerage undertakers

  • Other Risk Management Authorities

  • National government, national regulator and strategic bodies

  • Environmental regulators

  • Consultancies

Response made to Nine Elms Public Realm consultation

Posted on: 24 March 2015 at 12:24:02
London Forum's input to the consultation is here.

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